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June 21, 2014


It's not a bad rule of thumb that, when members of one group (especially a group that has been relatively powerful) start making this kind of attack, it is for one reason. They are losing their stranglehold, they know they are losing it, and are afraid.

It doesn't really matter whether we are talking about Japanese male politicians, whites in the old south, religious conservatives in the Arabic world today, or your garden-variety playground bully. They lash out because they know they are losing, or even have already lost, the war. All they can do is fight one last battle and go out in a blaze of (as they see it) glory.

Tangentially related, but maybe not quite on point (and since this is an open thread), there was this in The New York Times today. It's an incredibly important point of view, IMHO. The article opens like this:

After spending two years studying services for domestic violence survivors, I was surprised to realize that one of the most common barriers to women’s safety was something I had never considered before: the high value our culture places on two-parent families.

When I was practicing law, a long time ago, I did a lot of divorce work, and saw the "single-parent stigma" first-hand. That's why it galls me so much to see the tired conventional wisdom that is trotted out so frequently about single-parent families being the basis for all social ills. This came up in the reparations and "should we blame black culture" discussion we had not long ago.

I was going to rant further, but I'll leave it there for now.

Taking this Open Thread in a different direction (because I am too impatient to wait for Friday):

Did you all pick up on the Supreme Court's ruling that police may not search cell phones of those arrested without getting a warrant first? Unanimously -- which tells you something about how clear the issue was.

Sometimes, the system looks like it actually works.

also, in the news, Boehner says he's gonna sue Obama, but that it's not impeachment.

philosophers' soccer!

remember, way back when, when we had a discussion about "conservatives" being actively hostile to conservation and efforts to fight pollution? a lot of it was about LED and CFL light bulbs.

hey look, "conservatiev" actively pollute in order to piss off liberals.

because they're conservative

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